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Lucia Centurione, Francesca Passaretta, Maria Antonietta Centurione, Silvia De Munari, Elsa Vertua, Antonietta Silini, Marco Liberati, Ornella Parolini, Roberta Di Pietro
The human placenta is an important source of stem cells that can be easily collected without ethical concerns since it is usually discarded after childbirth. In this study, we analyzed the amniotic membrane (AM) from the human placenta with the aim of mapping different regions with respect to their morpho-functional features and regenerative potential. AMs were obtained from 24 healthy women, undergoing a caesarean section, and mapped into 4 different regions according to their position in relation to the umbilical cord: the central, intermediate, peripheral, and reflected areas...
January 2018: Cell Transplantation
Rajiv Gandhi Govindaraj, Misagh Naderi, Manali Singha, Jeffrey Lemoine, Michal Brylinski
Rare, or orphan, diseases are conditions afflicting a small subset of people in a population. Although these disorders collectively pose significant health care problems, drug companies require government incentives to develop drugs for rare diseases due to extremely limited individual markets. Computer-aided drug repositioning, i.e., finding new indications for existing drugs, is a cheaper and faster alternative to traditional drug discovery offering a promising venue for orphan drug research. Structure-based matching of drug-binding pockets is among the most promising computational techniques to inform drug repositioning...
2018: NPJ Systems Biology and Applications
Wei Chen, Xiaoqun Liu, Sujuan Yuan, Tiankui Qiao
Although cisplatin (CDDP) is widely used for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treatment, resistance remains a major problem that restricts its efficacy. Therefore, identification of drugs that reverse or prevent resistance to CDDP in NSCLC has been a focus of a number of studies. The results of the present study revealed the effect of heat shock protein family A member 12B (HSPA12B) overexpression on chemoresistance in A549 cells in vitro . The effect of HSPA12B overexpression on chemoresistance in mice bearing A549 xenografted tumors was then determined via stable HSPA12B transfection...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
J C Bader, E A Lakota, Shawn Flanagan, V Ong, Taylor Sandison, C M Rubino, S M Bhavnani, P G Ambrose
Rezafungin (CD101) is a novel echinocandin antifungal agent with activity against Aspergillus and Candida species, including azole- and echinocandin-resistant isolates. The objective of these analyses was to conduct pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PK-PD) target attainment analyses to evaluate single and once-weekly rezafungin dosing to provide dose selection support for future clinical studies. Using a previously developed rezafungin population PK model, Monte Carlo simulations were conducted utilizing the following three IV rezafungin dosing regimens: (i) single 400-mg dose, (ii) 400 mg for Week 1 followed by 200 mg weekly for 5 weeks, and (iii) 400 mg weekly for 6 weeks...
March 19, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Elizabeth A Lakota, Voon Ong, Shawn Flanagan, Christopher M Rubino
Rezafungin (CD101) is a novel echinocandin antifungal agent currently in clinical development for the treatment of candidemia and invasive candidiasis. Rezafungin has potent in vitro activity against Candida albicans and Candida glabrata , including azole- and echinocandin-resistant isolates. The objective of this analysis was to develop a population pharmacokinetic (PK) model to characterize the disposition of rezafungin in plasma following intravenous (IV) administration. Data from two Phase 1 studies, a single-ascending-dose study and a multiple-ascending-dose study, were available...
March 19, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Dimitri Topalis, Sarah Gillemot, Robert Snoeck, Graciela Andrei
Herpesviruses thymidine kinase (TK) and protein kinase (PK) allow the activation of nucleoside analogues used in anti-herpesvirus treatments. Mutations emerging in these two genes often lead to emergence of drug-resistant strains responsible for life-threatening diseases in immunocompromised populations. In this review, we analyze the binding of different nucleoside analogues to the TK active site of the three α-herpesviruses [Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2) and Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV)] and present the impact of known mutations on the structure of the viral TKs...
March 2018: Drug Resistance Updates: Reviews and Commentaries in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy
Chaowen Zhang, Feifan Chen, Ziyao Zhao, Liangliang Hu, Hanqiang Liu, Zhihui Cheng, Yiqun Weng, Peng Chen, Yuhong Li
Two round-leaf mutants, rl-1 and rl-2, were identified from EMS-induced mutagenesis. High throughput sequencing and map-based cloning suggested CsPID encoding a Ser/Thr protein kinase as the most possible candidate for rl-1. Rl-2 was allelic to Rl-1. Leaf shape is an important plant architecture trait that is affected by plant hormones, especially auxin. In Arabidopsis, PINOID (PID), a regulator for the auxin polar transporter PIN (PIN-FORMED) affects leaf shape formation, but this function of PID in crop plants has not been well studied...
March 14, 2018: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
Ray Hu, Michael P Morley, Jeffrey Brandimarto, Nathan R Tucker, Victoria A Parsons, Sihai D Zhao, Benjamin Meder, Hugo A Katus, Frank Rühle, Monika Stoll, Eric Villard, François Cambien, Honghuang Lin, Nicholas L Smith, Janine F Felix, Ramachandran S Vasan, Pim van der Harst, Christopher Newton-Cheh, Jin Li, Cecilia E Kim, Hakon Hakonarson, Sridhar Hannenhalli, Euan A Ashley, Christine S Moravec, W H Wilson Tang, Marjorie Maillet, Jeffery D Molkentin, Patrick T Ellinor, Kenneth B Margulies, Thomas P Cappola
BACKGROUND: Inhibition of PKC-α (protein kinase C-α) enhances contractility and cardioprotection in animal models, but effects in humans are unknown. Genotypes at rs9912468 strongly associate with PRKCA expression in the left ventricle, enabling genetic approaches to measure effects of reduced PKC-α in human populations. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed the cis expression quantitative trait locus for PRKCA marked by rs9912468 using 313 left ventricular specimens from European Ancestry patients...
March 2018: Circ Genom Precis Med
Jianwen Dong, Soon Young Park, Nghi Nguyen, Ravesanker Ezhilarasan, Emmanuel Martinez-Ledesma, Shaofang Wu, Verlene Henry, Yuji Piao, Ningyi Tiao, David Brunell, Clifford Stephan, Roel Verhaak, Erik Sulman, Veerakumar Balasubramaniyan, John F de Groot
Background: Despite the availability of hundreds of cancer drugs, there is insufficient data on the efficacy of these drugs on the extremely heterogeneous tumor cell populations of glioblastoma (GBM). Results: The PKIS of 357 compounds was initially evaluated in 15 different GSC lines which then led to a more focused screening of the 21 most highly active compounds in 11 unique GSC lines using HTS screening for cell viability. We further validated the HTS result with the second-generation PLK1 inhibitor volasertib as a single agent and in combination with ionizing radiation (IR)...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Eunyoung Bang, Boyoung Lee, Joon-Oh Park, Yooncheol Jang, Aekyong Kim, Sungwuk Kim, Hee-Sup Shin
In recent years, as the aging population grows, aging-induced cognitive impairments including dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD) have become the biggest challenges for global public health and social care. Therefore, the development of potential therapeutic drugs for aging-associated cognitive impairment is essential. Metabolic dysregulation has been considered to be a key factor that affects aging and dementia. Adenosine monophosphate (AMP)-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a primary sensor of cellular energy states and regulates cellular energy metabolism...
February 2018: Experimental Neurobiology
T Preijers, I van Moort, K Fijnvandraat, F W G Leebeek, M H Cnossen, R A A Mathôt
BACKGROUND:  Patients with severe and moderate haemophilia A are treated prophylactically with factor VIII (FVIII) concentrate. Individualization of prophylaxis can be achieved by pharmacokinetic (PK)-guided dosing. AIM:  In this study, the performance of three PK tools (myPKFiT, Web-Accessible Population Pharmacokinetic Service-Hemophilia [WAPPS] and NONMEM) is compared. METHODS:  In 39 patients, with severe or moderate haemophilia A, blood samples were collected 4, 24 and 48 hours after administration of 50 IU kg-1 of recombinant FVIII (Advate [ n  = 30] or Kogenate [ n  = 9])...
March 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Pelle Hanberg, Kristina Öbrink-Hansen, Anders Thorsted, Mats Bue, Mikkel Tøttrup, Lena E Friberg, Tore Forsingdal Hardlei, Kjeld Søballe, Jakob Gjedsted
The objectives of this study were to describe meropenem pharmacokinetics (PK) in plasma and/or subcutaneous adipose tissue (SCT) in critically ill patients receiving ECMO treatment, and to develop a population PK model to simulate alternative dosing regimens and modes of administration. We conducted a prospective observational study. Ten patients on ECMO treatment received meropenem (1 or 2 g) intravenously over 5 min every 8 hours. Serial SCT concentrations were determined using microdialysis and compared with plasma concentrations...
March 12, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Sophie E Berends, Anne S Strik, Juliet C Van Selm, Mark Löwenberg, Cyriel Y Ponsioen, Geert R DʼHaens, Ron A Mathôt
BACKGROUND: A significant proportion of patients with Crohn's disease (CD) require dose escalation or fail adalimumab (ADL) therapy over time. ADL, a monoclonal antibody directed against tumor necrosis factor, is approved for treatment of CD. Understanding pharmacokinetics (PK) of ADL is essential to optimize individual dosing in daily practice. The aim of this study was to evaluate PK of ADL in patients with CD and to identify factors that influence PK of ADL. METHODS: In a retrospective cohort study, the authors reviewed the charts of 96 patients with CD receiving ADL induction and maintenance treatment...
April 2018: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
Soujanya Sunkaraneni, Elizabeth A Ludwig, Julie A Passarell, David Blum, Todd Grinnell, Jill Fiedler-Kelly
Eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) is a once-daily oral antiepileptic drug (AED) indicated for partial-onset seizures (POS). ESL pharmacokinetics (PK) and exposure-response analyses were supported by 2 phase 3 conversion to ESL (1200, 1600 mg) monotherapy studies. The PK model development included 10 phase 1-2 studies (ESL 600-1200 mg daily). Seizure diaries were completed daily; subjects exited if seizures worsened. Exposure-response models were developed for time to study exit, probability of seizure freedom, time to first occurrence of dizziness, headache, and nausea; serum sodium levels were explored...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Na Li, Ran Xu, Penggen Duan, Yunhai Li
Summary of rice grain size. Rice is one of the most important crops in the world. Increasing rice yield has been an urgent need to support the rapid growth of global population. The size of grains is one of major components determining rice yield; thus, grain size has been an essential target during rice breeding. Understanding the genetic and molecular mechanisms of grain size control can provide new strategies for yield improvement in rice. In general, the final size of rice grains is coordinately controlled by cell proliferation and cell expansion in the spikelet hull, which sets the storage capacity of the grain and limits grain filling...
March 10, 2018: Plant Reproduction
Xu Steven Xu, Min Yuan, Hao Zhu, Yaning Yang, Hui Wang, Honghui Zhou, Jinfeng Xu, Liping Zhang, Jose Pinheiro
OBJECTIVE: To clarify the hypothesis tests associated with the full covariate modeling (FCM) approach in population pharmacokinetic (PPK) analysis, investigate the potential impact of multiplicity in PPK analysis, and evaluate simultaneous confidence intervals (SCI) as an approach to control multiplicity. METHODS: Clinical trial simulations were performed using a simple one-compartment PK model. Different numbers of covariates, sample sizes, effect sizes of covariates, and correlations among covariates were explored...
March 9, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Erik Mogalian, Luisa M Stamm, Anu Osinusi, Diana M Brainard, Gong Shen, Kah Hiing John Ling, Anita Mathias
Background: Combining antiviral regimens in the HCV/HIV coinfected population can be complex as they share overlapping mechanisms for elimination that may result in potential drug interactions. The pharmacokinetics, safety, and tolerability of concomitantly administered sofosbuvir/velpatasvir (SOF/VEL) with multiple commonly prescribed antiretroviral (ARV) regimens were evaluated. Methods: Healthy volunteers were enrolled into two phase 1, open-label, randomized, multiple-dose, cross-over studies...
March 7, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Prashanth K B Nagesh, Elham Hatami, Pallabita Chowdhury, Vivek K Kashyap, Sheema Khan, Bilal B Hafeez, Subhash C Chauhan, Meena Jaggi, Murali M Yallapu
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is an intriguing target with significant clinical importance in chemotherapy. Interference with ER functions can lead to the accumulation of unfolded proteins, as detected by transmembrane sensors that instigate the unfolded protein response (UPR). Therefore, controlling induced UPR via ER stress with natural compounds could be a novel therapeutic strategy for the management of prostate cancer. Tannic acid (a naturally occurring polyphenol) was used to examine the ER stress mediated UPR pathway in prostate cancer cells...
March 7, 2018: Cancers
Tilahun Alelign, Beyene Petros
Kidney stone disease is a crystal concretion formed usually within the kidneys. It is an increasing urological disorder of human health, affecting about 12% of the world population. It has been associated with an increased risk of end-stage renal failure. The etiology of kidney stone is multifactorial. The most common type of kidney stone is calcium oxalate formed at Randall's plaque on the renal papillary surfaces. The mechanism of stone formation is a complex process which results from several physicochemical events including supersaturation, nucleation, growth, aggregation, and retention of urinary stone constituents within tubular cells...
2018: Advances in Urology
Hao Zhang, Zhong-Li Li, Xiang-Zheng Su, Li Ding, Ji Li, Heng Zhu
Rabbit mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are important seed cells in regenerative medicine research, particularly in translational research. In the current study, we showed that rabbit subchondral bone is a reliable source of MSCs. First, we harvested subchondral bone (SCB) from the rabbit knee-joint and initiated the MSC culture by cultivating enzyme-treated SCB. Adherent fibroblast-like cells that outgrew from SCB fulfill the common immuno-phenotypic criteria for defining MSCs, but with low contamination of CD45+ hematopoietic cells...
March 8, 2018: Experimental Animals
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